Republicans talk about health care for children
JEFFERSON CITY - House Representatives talked Monday about health care for children who are eligible for the MO HealthNet.
Rep. Steve Helms, R-Springfield, proposed HB 2379 to provide children under the MO HealthNet the benefit of staying covered for a year after the end of their enrollment.
This means if the child is not eligible anymore, they will still be covered for another 12 months. Currently, if a parent has a seasonal job which makes their income go up, their kids might be off Medicaid. If the child gets sick, the parent would have to pay the doctor's visit out-of-pocket. With this bill, children would be covered for an entire year after the end of their eligibility.
"That's a primary care issue," said Sarah Unsicker, D-St. Louis County. "So, having continuous eligibility it would have them have more primary care."
Exceptions to the one-year additional coverage include the child reaching adult age, or moving out of state.
This bill also hopes to get rid of the waiting time to enroll a child in the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
At Monday's hearing, both parties supported the bill.
"This is a team sport legislation," Helms said. "We all worked together, we talked amongst ourselves. We all work in areas that overlap, and I think this is a good policy to promote change."